Philosophy Ph.D. Reading List

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Author Work
Parmenides

On Nature

Plato

Republic, Apology, Crito, Phaedo, Symposium, Theaetetus

Aristotle 

Categories, Posterior Analytics I.1-6, 18, 33-4; II.1-2, 8-11, 19, Physics I-III.3, On the Soul, Metaphysics I-IX, XII, Nicomachean Ethics

Epictetus

Discourses I-II

Plotinus

Enneads (selection by A.H. Armstrong, 1953)

Augustine

Confessions, City of God VIII and XIX 

Pseudo-Dionysius

Mystical Theology, The Divine Names 

Anselm

Monologion, Proslogion

Avicenna

The Metaphysics of "The Healing" (trans. M. Marmura) I.1-7, V, VIII.3-7

Averroes

The Incoherence of the Incoherence (trans. S. Van Den Bergh) 4th, 5th and 13th Discussions 

Maimonides

Guide of the Perplexed Introduction to First Part, I.50-II.31, III.8-24 

Bonaventure

The Itinerary of the Mind into God, The Reduction of the Arts to Theology 

Aquinas

Summa Theologiae I.1-13, 75-89, I-II.1-5, 90-97, De ente et essentia 

Duns Scotus

Ordinatio I, dist. 2, qu. 1: I, dist.3, qu. 1; II, dist.3, part 1, qu. 1-6 

William of Ockham

Ordinatio I, dist. 2, qu. 4-8, Questions on the Physics I, qu. 132-36, Quodlibet I, qu. 1 

Descartes

Meditations on First Philosophy, Discourse on Method 

Leibniz

Discourse on Metaphysics, Monadology 

Locke

An Essay concerning Human Understanding Intro.; Bk. 1, ch. 1; Bk. 2, ch. 1-13, 19-27, 31-33, Bk. 3, ch. 1-3; Bk. 4, ch. 1-4, 9-11, 18-19 

Hume

An Enquiry concerning Human Understanding, Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion 

Rousseau

First Discourse: Discourse on the Sciences and the Arts 

Kant

Grounding for the Metaphysics of Morals, Critique of Pure Reason 

Hegel

"Philosophy of Spirit" Part 3 of the Encyclopedia of Philosophic Sciences 

Kierkegaard

Fear and Trembling, Concluding Unscientific Postscript 

Mill

Utilitarianism, On Liberty, The Subjection of Women 

Nietzsche

Genealogy of Morals, Thus Spake Zarathustra 

Bergson

An Introduction to Metaphysics 

Husserl

Ideas I, sec. 2: "The Fundamental Phenomenological Outlook," "Philosophy and the Crisis of European Humanity" (Vienna Lecture, in the appendix to Crisis of European Sciences and Transcendental Phenomenology

Wittgenstein

Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, Philosophical Investigations 

Heidegger

Being and Time, "What is Metaphysics?" "The End of Philosophy and the Task of Thinking" 

News

Professors Awarded NEH Grant to Support Writing Programs

Chair and Assistant Professor of English Debra Romanick Baldwin, Ph.D., and Professor of Physics and recent Interim Dean of Constantin College Sally Hicks, Ph.D., have secured a $299,078 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to support writing instruction at UD for the fall 2020 semester.

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You Can Do What with a (Spanish) Degree?

His first step was to enroll in physician’s assistant school at Baylor’s College of Medicine, a career trajectory to which he had aspired since his early childhood. Nowadays, Jonathan Cunningham, BA ’17, is dedicated to the vocational pursuit of comfort and healing at MD Anderson in Houston, among the largest cancer treatment centers in the U.S., where he was once a chemotherapy patient himself.

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History Alumnus Heads National Catholic Bioethics Center

During his Rome semester in 1991, Joseph Meaney, BA '93, with his friends (now Father) Kevin Cook, BA '94, and (now Texas State Representative and UD Trustee) Tan Parker, BA '93, attended a private Mass with Pope St. John Paul II. Several weeks earlier, they had hand-delivered a letter to the Swiss Guards outside St. Peter's requesting the Mass and including their contact information; at last, they'd received the phone call instructing them to be at the Bronze Gates at 5 a.m.

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